Norman(dy) Conquest

As promised, more new releases today. We’re moving down in scale from the 15mm and 6mm buildings of last week and back into our 2mm range.

We have two much requested items that we snuck into production at the very last minute (and which sold out at Salute) – a set of Norman village and agricultural buildings plus an accompanying set of churches. Most of these buildings are based on the 6mm items in our Shapeways 3D-printed range which, in turn, were researched for the Pegasus Bridge project a couple of years ago.

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The church set includes the famous one at St Mere Eglise which was taken by the 82nd Airborne on D-Day and on which Pvt John Steel caught his ‘chute and dangled from the steeple for the duration of the battle.

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Also included is the church at Benouville, close to Pegasus Bridge. This was hit by a PIAT round on D-Day in an effort to dislodge a sniper. There’s also a third, more generic church and, as an added bonus a Mairie (town hall), also from Benouville.

As if that wasn’t enough, I’ve also added the Type T2 Hangar to accompany the recently released RAF Airfield set. This resin model will extend your airfield to handle much larger aircraft.

SSS-8032 – T2 Hangar – £2.00
SSS-8033 – Normandy Village – £5.50
SSS-8034 – Normandy Churches – £5.00

The Last Post

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This is our final update of our Salute release list – some new moulds have become available in the nick of time which has allowed us to release some stuff that, to be frank, we were sweating on a bit …

All of these models will be available and we have reasonable stocks, but it’s too late to take any more orders in advance – if you want some you’ll have to find us on the day. We’re on stand TB26 – about as far as you can get from the main doors, but hopefully some brave souls will take enough supplies to make it all the way to the far end of the hall !

Firstly THE 15MM NEO-SOVIETS WILL BE READY 🙂 🙂 :-). I ran the last moulds yesterday and we have decent stocks of Bizons, Kunitsas and Laskas. The only remaining one to be completed is the Rosomakha light tank, which will hopefully also be ready in time (hence the italics below).

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15mm Neo-Soviet Vehicles
SF15-1201 – Bizon Tank – £8.50
SF15-1201a – Bizon Support Tank – £8.50
SF15-1201b – Bizon Track-guards (pair) – £1.00
SF15-1203 – Kunitsa APC – £8.50
SF15-1203a – Kunitsa Mortar Carrier – £8.50
SF15-1203b – Kunitsa with Missile turret – £8.50
SF15-1209 – Laska Tankette – £4.00
SF15-1209a – Laska with Missile turret – £4.00
SF15-1209 – Laska Observer vehicle – £4.00
SF15-1204 – Rosomakha Light Tank – £6.00
SF15-1250 – Soviet auxiliary fuel tanks and stowage boxes – £1.25

Secondly, following the last minute arrival of the mould for the metal connector frames, the 15mm Colony Base will also be available. We won’t have huge numbers, but we’ll have a few.

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15mm Colony Base
All individual modules come with one connector frame (2 for the 4-way junction)
B15-300 – Colony base (four corner units, one airlock, one base module, 6 frames) – £40.00
B15-301 – Base module – £7.00
B15-302 – Corner module 1 – £7.50
B15-303 – Corner module 2 – £7.50
B15-301 – Base module – £7.00
B15-304 – Airlock module – £7.00
B15-305 – Garage module – £7.50
B15-307 – T-Junction – £7.00
B15-308 – 4-way junction – £8.00
B15-320 – Spare connector frames (x4) – £3.00
B15-321 – End frames (one door, one blank) – £3.00

And finally, we’re also hoping to have the long-awaited British spaceship fighter carrier. We definitely have the fighters, but are also hoping for the carrier too.

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British Spaceships
SFS-110 – Bulwark carrier – £7.50
SFS-160 – Kestrel interceptor (x12) – £1.50
SFS-161 – Mosquito attack fighter (x12) – £1.50

This may of may not be our last post before Saturday – as is the way with things, however much you try to plan ahead there’s always a last-minute panic, and I’m in the midst of that panic right now …

I’m currently painting up display items for the stand – if there’s anything to show off I’ll probably chuck it on the Facebook page, so keep an eye out over there.

Salute Release List

As mentioned last week, here is a first-pass release list for Salute 2014. These are releases that we are certain to have with us – the moulds are done and we’re already casting stock. We are still working on bringing a lot more new items with us, including some advance items that we aren’t due to release for a while yet but are hoping to bring a limited amount of stock with us for sale on the day.

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UPDATE – the list has been updated with additional items announced since it was first published.

15mm Rules
Gruntz – £20.00
PMC-2640 – £20.00
Don’t forget that if you buy any set of 15mm rules, we’ll give you 10% off any vehicles or figures that you buy at the same time.

15mm Vehicles
SF15-103 – Artemis MICV – £8.00
SF15-712 – Raeside Utility Grav – £4.00
SF15-712a – Raeside with stowage rack – £4.00
SF15-712b – Raeside Pickup – £4.00
SF15-712c – Raeside with MG Turret – £4.00
SF15-712d – Raeside with missile turret – £4.00

15mm SF Bunkers
B15-1003 – Checkpoint Bunkers – £5.00
B15-1004 – Command Bunker – £8.00

6mm Advanced Buildings
B300-201 – Small dwelling – £1.00
B300-202 – Medium dwelling – £1.25
B300-203 – Large dwelling – £1.25
B300-204 – Small workshop – £1.00
B300-205 – Large workshop – £1.00
B300-206 – Garage – £1.50
B300-207 – Large Building – £1.75
B300-208 – Small apartments – £2.00
B300-209 – Large apartment block – £3.00
BP300-201 – Advanced Buildings pack (one of each) – £12.50

6mm Desert Buildings
B300-107 – Large Tower – £4.00

2mm Buildings
SSS-032 – T2 Hangar – £2.00

We’ve been previewing a number of these models recently, but you’ll find some listed above that you haven’t seen yet, so keep an eye on the blog over the next fortnight for updates.

And of course you’ll also be able to get your hands on all of the new releases that have come out over the past couple of months, as well as our extensive existing ranges.

T2 Hangar

We recently released the RAF Fighter Base in our 2mm scenery range. Now you can upgrade the base with the addition of one or more T2 Hangars to supplement the smaller blister hangars in the set. With a width of almost 120′ this can accommodate much larger aircraft and expand your base to handle bombers.

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This resin model is another one due for release at Salute priced at £2.00

A Fine Haul

I spent part of yesterday doing some resin casting, taking advantage of the relatively fine weather to work outside (in the UK, ‘fine weather’ = ‘not raining today’). Below is the result of my labours (most of it, anyway) – a pile that now needs sorting into storage boxes for Salute.

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And yes, in amongst them there are a number of new release items that you may not have seen before – more details of these in days to come …

Chocks Away !

There are an awful lot of cliches one can use when publishing anything related to the RAF !

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So, as promised, today we’ve released the RAF airfield set in our 2mm buildings range. The set consists of twenty pieces altogether:

  • Six blister hangars
  • Seven Nissen huts (six single, one twin)
  • One control tower
  • One firing butt
  • Two pillboxes
  • Three squadron admin buildings

Based on buildings at various RAF Fighter Command bases, the set is ideal for anyone playing Battle of Britain games or even cold war missions. We’re pretty sure that it’ll find its way into various Aeronef or Land Ironclads VSF games as well as something called Dystopian Wars (we’re not absolutely sure what this is, we’ve heard that it’s some inferior, niche market version of Nef/LI 😉 ).

SSS-8031 – RAF Fighter Base – £7.50

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Coming soon we have a T2 hangar which you can use to expand your airfield and cater for larger aircraft.

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Tally Ho !

We’ve been concentrating a lot on our 15mm range recently, but we haven’t forgotten the other ranges. Next week we’ll be releasing a much anticipated set in our 2mm buildings range, and a move away from VSF-themed buildings. This is the WW2 RAF airfield set, complete with six blister hangars, Nissen huts, a control tower, firing butt and various admin buildings.

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Release date is set for next Friday (March 14th) – Pico Armor should also have their first stocks by then for North American customers.

Mini Power

So, you know we mentioned how popular the 6mm power pylons are? Well, what about these even more miniature versions? They’re the latest addition to the 2mm scenery range on our Shapeways store. Ideal for 2mm/3mm scale ground battles or as targets/scenery for larger scale aircraft games – we use them with 1/600th scale aircraft.

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Very reasonably priced at US $8.60 for 12 pylons from our Shapeways Store. Not on our website yet, but only a matter of time.

Tesla Towers

Nikola Tesla is probably one of the most under-appreciated scientists of all time. One of his creations was the experimental Wardenclyffe Tower built near New York, intended as a proof of concept demonstration of wireless telegraphy, broadcasting and even wireless power transmission – clearly years ahead of its time.

We thought that such a device fitted perfectly into the Victorian Science-Fiction background of Aeronef and Land Ironclads, either as a communications tower or some sort of radar-like device. The original tower has long gone (although the base building remains) but fortunately there is still plenty of photographic reference. We’ve reproduced the tower (or a decent facsimile of it) as part of the 2mm scenery range in our Shapeways shop, and you can also buy it from our website.

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New Stockist – Czech Republic

We have another new new stockists of our 2mm buildings, this time in the Czech Republic.

The first package has just arrived and the proprietor of Piece of Terrain, Roman, has wasted no time in getting everything up and available on his site.

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He’s also taken some photos as he unboxed the models, comparing the buildings to some Dystopian Wars items – as you can see, they’re a perfect match.

You can find a full list of overseas stockists on our website.